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NGA Rolls Out 8 Open-Source GEOINT Coding Projects; Chris Rasmussen Comments

globeThe National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has posted eight new coding projects for the open-source community on the GitHub website as part of NGA’s GEOINT Pathfinder initiative.

NGA said Feb. 22 two of the open-source projects center on a machine learning-based image exploration tool that works to cluster similar social media pictures while others feature automatic object recognition technology.

“Taking an accounting view of open source can often drown out less quantitative measures such as bringing on new partners that traditionally haven’t done business with the government,” said Chris Rasmussen, head of public software development and the GEOINT Pathfinder initiative at NGA.

He added that code resulting from the initiative will also be released back to the public.

The agency introduced GEOINT Pathfinder last year with the intent to address four research queries through the use of unclassified information, technology and services from the commercial sector.

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